New Dentist Resources
The MDS aims to meet the continuing education (CE) needs of all dental professionals by offering a multitude of courses, seminars, and symposia, as well as the annual Yankee Dental Congress.
The Board of Registration in Dentistry (BORID) requires all dentists to fulfill CE requirements, including mandatory courses in risk management, CPR, pain management, and infection control, per biannual license renewal cycle.
Employment Agreements and Compensation
Use the Associate Considerations and Contracts page to learn more about:
- Methods of Compensation
- Terms for a Basic Contract
Use the ADA's Compensation as an Employee page to learn more about:
- Understanding Compensation Calculations
- Common Compensation Terms
How to Get Involved
There are plenty of opportunities for new dentists to become involved with the MDS community, including networking events, District meetings, and MDS Committee participation.
The New Dentist Committee puts on several networking events and Family Fun Days throughout the year. These are a great opportunity to connect with other new dentists, as well as seasoned dentists and dental students. The MDS offers a variety of Committees that you may participate in, as well as community volunteer opportunities.
Patient Insurance Plans and Providers
As you begin to practice dentistry, you will find that navigating the various dental insurance plans that your patients carry can be complex. You should familiarize yourself with common insurance terms and providers to better understand the contract and billing processes. This will ensure that you are able to make informed decisions in the best interest of your patients and your practice.
The MDS is dedicated to helping dental professionals manage their practices from navigating through guidelines and regulations to understanding the impact risk management has on their practice. Here are some resources you may find useful.
As you begin your career, it is vital that you protect yourself and your business. Speaking with a good insurance agent is the first step to take. If you don’t have an agent, ask for recommendations from other dentists or get in touch with the ADA or the MDS.
The following are important protections that MDS membership connects you with: